The contemporary art gallery EB&Flow is showing the work of Saatchi-star Katie Louise Surridge in her first one man show in London. Jane and I popped along to the opening last week to
drink the free beer check it out and we were rather impressed. Miss Surridge looks lots of fun herself and her work is a wild assemblage of scavenged found objects from her diverse travels around Ireland (with the travelling community) horse fairs in Cumbria, Morocco and some of the seedier parts of London (she uses lots of leftover rubbish from squats, things she finds on the banks of the Thames and derelict buildings).
We are quite partial to a decorative bone skull or stag antler here at TWR, both of which were in evidence in the Voo-Dology work. The work is slightly mystical and uses lots of bones, leather and feathers, suspended in large installations. There’s also taxidermy, which is a ‘hot’ arty topic currently (remember we showed you the Last Tuesday Society and Polly Morgan?) Katie’s work is worth a visit, particularly if you are looking for inspiration for textile and surface ideas. Visual merchandisers will appreciate her way with an installation -our favourite was So Over, with the hanging distressed hides and basket ball hoops. Charles Saatchi is a fan, and put Katie’s work into the Saatchi New Sensations exhibition in 2010, just after she had graduated from Slade.
My favourite piece was the Delicate View Series 1-5, a set of window frames stuffed with feathers.
EB&Flow is at 77 St Leonards Street London EC2 A4QS open Tuesday – Saturday, but check website for times. Voo-dology by Katie Louise Surridge is on until 26th August 2011 website Eb&Flow